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Things to do in Copford, Essex


Copford is largely an agricultural village situated five miles to the west of Colchester.

St Michaels & All Angels Church © Brian Pearson
St Michaels & All Angels Church

It is easily accessible thanks to its close proximity to the A12, being just 1/2 a mile form the A120/Stanstead turn-off.

The London Road end of Copford is served by buses running through from Colchester to/from Braintree, & Colchester to/from Chelmsford.

Village sign © Brian Pearson
Village sign

It is also only a 10-minute stroll from Marks Tey Rail station.

Copford is divided into two 'zones', with the heavily populated 'London Road' end, containing most of the housing on the Queensbury Avenue estate, and almost all of the industrial & commercial units in the village.

Meanwhile, School Road provides a link to the lightly-populated 'Copford Green' area

The Old Cart Lodge © Brian Pearson
The Old Cart Lodge

The village itself contains many Grade II listed buildings such as Copford Place, Copford Lodge (now 'Escape' nightclub), The Alma pub and Copford Church.

All in all, there are believed to be over 20 listed buildings to find as you stroll around Copford.

The Alma pub © Brian Pearson
The Alma pub

The church, which is located off Hall Road, has some magnificent wall paintings, which have been restored to a high standard.

Visitors are welcome to take photographs but are invited to make a donation to help with the upkeep of the building and churchyard.

The Primary School © Brian Pearson
The Primary School

Copford has one pub, The Alma, situated on Copford Green, a primary school, village hall, a Parish Council owned woods, two play-parks and a nightclub.

The village has many footpaths to walk and you can follow a trail that takes you out of Copford into Stanway.

Pitts Wood © Brian Pearson
Pitts Wood

There are no food shops in Copford, but there is a nearby Post Office in Stanway next door to the Swan pub, and a major retail park about a mile down the road at Tollgate.

Travelling into Marks Tey, there is an excellent butcher (Wilshers), bakery (Janes Pantry), car spares shop (Marks Tey Autospares) and off-licence (Londis).

Description by Patrick Mead

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